BeneFIT PT’s Guide to Working Out: The Health Risks of Obesity

To better understand the health risks a nation that has 7 out of 10 adults being overweight or obese, we need to look at information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They collect data on life expectancy and mortality rates of Americans.

The most recent information they have is from 2015, in which they have identified the ten leading causes of death in America. The top 10 list in order:

  1. heart disease
  2. cancer
  3. chronic lower respiratory diseases
  4. accidents (unintentional injuries)
  5. stroke
  6. Alzheimer’s disease
  7. diabetes
  8. Influenza and pneumonia
  9. kidney disease
  10. suicide

Out of those 10, the following five have been linked to being overweight or obese:

  • heart disease (633,842)
  • cancer (595,930)
  • stoke (140,323)
  • diabetes (79,062)
  • kidney disease (49,959)

That’s almost 1.5 million (1,499,116) deaths or almost 75% of the deaths in 2015 that can be correlated to a risk factor of being overweight or obese.

Incidentally, when looking at factors that can prevent or reduce your chances of obtaining one of these five diseases the most common preventative factors are lifestyle changes: having a balanced healthier diet, regular exercising of at least 30 minutes per day five days a week, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Which brings us back to how to start exercising regularly.

How is it that some people can draw a line in the sand and stay committed for a healthy lifestyle change and others seemed to be perpetually destined for a life of yo-yo dieting and in-n-out gym rendezvous?

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at some of the reasons why we aren’t reaching our goals, some interesting things about the “Habit” of working out, layout a groundwork plan to get you into the gym consistently, and finally show you some consistent ways to progress your workouts regardless of what type of exercise you want to do.

Check back next week for our next blog post in our new BeneFIT PT’s Guide to Working Out  Blog Series!